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"The goal of a CME AWAY® conference by Sea Courses is to provide the very best opportunity for health care professionals to not only LEARN but to CONNECT with peers in a stimulating yet RELAXING environment."

11-Night Emblematic East Coast CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board Oceania Insignia

EndocrinologyVascular Diseases

Sailing September 10th, 2022 - September 21st, 2022

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Robyn Houlden

Dr. Robyn Houlden



About The Speaker

Dr. Robyn Houlden is Professor and Chair of the Division of Endocrinology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a consultant in adult endocrinology at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. She earned her MD at the University of Ottawa and completed internal medicine residency at Queen’s. In 1988, she completed subspecialty training in Endocrinology, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Toronto. She joined Queen’s University as a faculty member in 1990 in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Houlden has served as a diabetes advisor for the Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization Service of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, and the Ontario Ministry of Health. She is a member of the eConsult/eReferral Clinical Advisory Group for the Ontario Ministry of Health, and a provincial provider for eConsults in Endocrinology. She has been an investigator in a number of clinical trials of new therapies for diabetes, and has a research interest in innovative models of diabetes health care delivery. She has published 146 peer reviewed papers. Dr. Houlden played a steering role in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of diabetes and was chair of the 2018 Diabetes Canada edition. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of several honours and awards. She has been recognized with 20 teaching awards including the Queen’s Department of Medicine Master Educator Award and the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Educator Award. She was awarded the Charles H. Best Award by Diabetes Canada for her advocacy work in diabetes.

Dr. Kamyar Kazemi

Dr. Kamyar Kazemi


Vascular Diseases

About The Speaker

Kamyar graduated from medical school at the UWO in 1994 and completed his residency in general surgery at U of Ottawa in 1999. His two year vascular fellowship was at McMaster and University of Sydney NSW. In 2001 he joined the vascular team at Royal columbian hospital in Greater Vancouver. He is the head of vascular surgery for the Fraser Health Authority and the President of the vascular society of British Columbia. Kamyar helped develop the endovascular program at RCH and has special interest and experience in complex endovascular aortic aneurysm interventions.

CME Topics

Updates in Vascular Diseases & Endocrinology

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to on a 11 night CME East Coast Cruise from September 10—21, 2022 aboard the Oceania Insignia as it travels from New York to Montreal. The CME will cover vascular diseases & endocrinology. There are 2 presenters: Dr. Robyn Houlden, an endocrinologist from Ontario, and Dr. Kamyar Kazemi, a vascular surgeon from British Columbia. They have developed an integrated program that will appeal to both family physicians and specialists. Their programs are designed to be evidence based with interactivity and attendee participation strongly encouraged. Dr. Houlden will cover endocrine topics such as diabetes, thyroid disorders and osteoporosis. Dr. Kazemi will talk about lower extremity vascular com-plications of diabetes, treatment of varicose veins and vascular emergencies and other vascular topics. Dr.’s Houlden and Kazemi look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Houlden

  • Osteoporosis Update
  • Diabetes Update –What’s New?
  • Osteoporosis Update
  • Obesity Management -Moving Beyond “Eat Less & Move More”
  • Common Thyroid Disorders in the Office
  • Consults in Endocrinology –The Most Common Questions I Get Asked

Dr. Kazemi

  • Recognize and Recall Lower Extremity Vascular Complications in Diabetes
  • Identify Clinical Presentations and Treatment of Vascular Emergencies In Family Practice
  • Recall and Identify Recent Advances in Treatment Of Varicose Veins
  • Recall Vascular Investigation-Interpretation In Family Practice
  • Identify Peripheral Vascular Disease and Recent Advances In Treatment
  • Recall Deep Vein Thrombosis and Identify Recent Advances In Treatment
  • Aortic Armageddon
  • Identify and Recognize Clinical Presentation and Treatment of Carotid Stenosis and Stroke

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition Price
FP $1345
Specialist $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1145
Conference Tuition Book Before December 7th, 2021 Book After December 7th, 2021
FP $1195 $1345
Specialist $1195 $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $995 $1145

Venue Information

This enticing travel adventure perfectly balances the energy and verve of New York, Montreal and Quebec City with relaxing calls on Bermuda. Also enjoy the chance to explore Nova Scotia and plenty of blissful days at sea in between.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Oceania Cruises

Each of our voyages is an invitation to discover your next travel story and reignite your passions. Experience faraway places that you have always dreamed of. Encounter new ways of looking at the world and travel to the far corners of the globe. Savor your experience with imaginative insider tours that immerse you in the heart of the destination’s culinary and cultural traditions. Thousands of reasons – one passion. There are as many reasons to travel as there are travelers in this world. It’s your turn to embrace your passion for travel with Oceania Cruises.


The generous dimensions of our suites and staterooms afford the ultimate in luxury. Interiors are decorated with traditional hardwoods, rich fabrics, fine furnishings and original art. A fashionable color palette blends sea, sky and comforting earth tones to create a soothing environment. Plump the goose-down pillows of the Prestige Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises exclusive, and relax in bed while reading the latest bestseller. Stretch out on the plush couch and watch live news broadcasts or the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the flat-screen television. Relax on the private teak veranda, a feature of the vast majority of accommodations.


Memorable dining begins with open-seating, as it allows you to dine when you are ready and with whomever you choose. Regardless of which of our restaurants you select, there are no dining surcharges. Enjoy Toscana’s authentic Italian dishes, Polo Grill’s steakhouse fare, Continental cuisine in the Grand Dining Room, and made-to-order American favorites in the Terrace Café. You may also indulge in delicate pastries and freshly made sandwiches along with illy® specialty coffees at Baristas. Vegans will love the options available to them on the Oceania Sirena! Vegan menus are available for all meals in the Grand Dining Room, and upon request in the Terrace Café. The extensive, delicious vegan options are provided on a separate menu and no pre-order is required. Click here to see the menu now.


From reading comfortably in the library to sipping fine vintages at a wine tasting, a wonderful spectrum of enriching activities awaits you on board. Attend an engaging guest lecture in anticipation of your next destination or enjoy the upper deck as you improve your golf game on the putting green. Spend the afternoon with friends at a lively trivia contest or bridge tournament. Or simply lose yourself in deep relaxation with one of Canyon Ranch® Spa signature treatments.

The Ship

Sleek and elegantly charming, Insignia's decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Insignia offers every luxury you may expect on board one of our stylish ships.

What's Included?

  • Roundtrip economy airfare included from major North American gateways*
  • In-port shuttle service
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Unlimited internet
  • Unlimited soft drinks and bottled water
  • Unlimited cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • Room service menu 24 hours a day
  • Complimentary Fitness Classes by Canyon Ranch Spa
  • Taxes & fees
  • Prepaid gratuities
*Premium economy and business class prices available on request

Plus Pick One OLife Choice Per Stateroom!

  • 6 free shore excursions
  • Free house select beverage package (unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner) for 1st and 2nd passengers | *$20 additional per person per day charges to full drink package
  • $600 shipboard credit

Click here for the latest health and safety protocols from Oceania Cruises!

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
September 10th New York, New York 6:00 PM
September 11th Cruising the Atlantic Ocean 8:00 AM—12:30 PM
September 12th Hamilton, Bermuda 12:00 PM 8:00 AM—11:00 AM
September 13th Hamilton, Bermuda | St. George, Bermuda 8:00 AM  6:00 AM | 2:00 PM
September 14th Cruising the Atlantic Ocean 8:00 AM—12:00 PM
September 15th Halifax, Nova Scotia 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
September 16th Sydney, Nova Scotia 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
September 17th Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence 8:00 AM—12:15 PM
September 18th Saguenay, Quebec 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
September 19th Quebec City, Quebec 9:00 AM
September 20th Quebec City, Quebec 7:00 PM
September 21st Montreal, Quebec 8:00 AM

Detailed Port Descriptions

New York, New York

The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Call it what you may, New York reigns as one of the world's most dynamic cities. But where to begin? The sacred soil of Ground Zero or stunning Central Park? The Guggenheim or the American Museum of Natural History? Should you take in a Broadway show or simply enjoy the nonstop show of people that parade through the streets? The possibilities are endless in the five boroughs of New York City, so get out and enjoy.

Hamilton, Bermuda

Visit the Bermuda National Gallery, the Anglican cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. The islands of Bermuda have more golf courses per capita than any other country in the world. On the southern coast you can experience the famous pink sand beaches.

St. George, Bermuda

This charming town retains much of its historic architecture from the 17th to 19th centuries. Visit its many museums, such as the Bermuda National Trust Museum, and forts once used by the British Army and Royal Navy. The Gothic ruins of the Unfinished Church stand on a hill overlooking the town, and St. Peter's Church is the oldest Anglican church in the western hemisphere. Bermuda is also known for its numerous golf courses.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Founded by the British in 1749, Halifax still has a British military air about it. Every day at noon, a ceremonial gun is fired at the Halifax Citadel, a star-shaped fortress where the guides wear military uniforms. The exhibits have a more seafaring slant at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and include the nearly 100-year-old Acadia.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Historic Sydney boasts several landmarks from the late 1700s, such as the colonial Cossit House and the Jost House, which features an unusual beehive bake-oven. St. Patrick's, the city's oldest Catholic church, doubles as a fascinating museum.

Saguenay, Quebec

Head to La Baie and tour the Musée du Fjord, admire the frescoes covering every nook and corner of barber and painter Arthur Villeneuve’s home, tour a goat farm or travel the Craftsman Road to see artisans in their element creating cheeses, glass-blowing and soap-making. Don’t miss a hike through Saguenay National Park, which cradles the dramatic fjord that has enchanted travelers for centuries. .

Quebec City, Quebec

Surrounded by several miles of granite walls dating back hundreds of years, Quebec City’s fabulous Old Town exudes European character, exemplified in the iconic Château Frontenac. Another architectural gem is the fascinating Musée de la Civilisation, a treasure trove of items recreating the French-speaking city’s early days.

Montreal, Quebec 

French-speaking, thoroughly romantic and exquisitely cultured, Montreal definitely warrants a pre- or post-cruise stay. The Old Port is a hub of entertainment, while the Museum of Fine Arts is revered for its collection of more than 30,000 objects. For a respite from the vibrant city, stroll the Montreal Botanical Garden, a draw since 1931.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

There are no Sea Courses pre or post tours for this CME AWAY. Please click here to design your own!

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